The Premier League returns this weekend after last week’s FA Cup action and that means it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to put their knowledge to the test by predicting the results of all 10 games.
Last time out Jamie Ives called six correct results with two exact scores and now Zack Walford will try and beat that record with his predictions for gameweek 23 in the Premier League.
Saturday, January 31 2015 (all kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)
Hull City vs. Newcastle (12:45)
Hull City are looking to end their poor January with a win against Newcastle United. John Carver is now in charge of Newcastle until the end of the season but with the interim head coach failing to win any of his last four matches in all competitions, I can’t see them winning here. I expect both teams to score but the game to finish a draw.
Prediction: Hull City 1-1 Newcastle United.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Palace are on an absolute roll at the moment under new manager Alan Pardew. With the fightback the team showed away at Burnley and then away at Southampton last week, you wouldn’t want to bet against them winning at home to an underachieving Everton side. The Toffees are without a win in their last five matches but that includes a creditable 1-1 draw with champions Manchester City at Goodison Park. I see nothing but a Palace win though.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 3-0 Everton
Liverpool vs. West HamEmbed from Getty Images
Liverpool are coming off a midweek League Cup semi-final and they played 120 minutes against Chelsea so fatigue will play a huge part in this encounter. West Ham faced a stern FA Cup test against Bristol City last week, with Diafra Sakho the difference for the Hammers. It’s going to be a tough one but I’m going with a draw.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 West Ham
Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Manchester United have been inconsistent this month with a win away to QPR, a draw to Stoke and a loss to Southampton. Leicester are rock bottom of the league but a win at Old Trafford and results going their way could see them climb out of the relegation places. That won’t happen though.
Prediction: Manchester United 5-0 Leicester City
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers
Stoke’s win at Leicester was well deserved last time out in the league with Bojan getting the only goal but with the Spaniard now out for the rest of the season I think he will be greatly missed. Queen’s Park Rangers haven’t won a single point away from home this season and I don’t think the visit to the Britannia will see them pick up their first.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland vs. BurnleyEmbed from Getty Images
Burnley refuse to go down without a fight and I fully expect them to have a go at Sunderland. Sunderland were poor against Spurs last time out in the league apart from a touch of class from Seb Larsson. The Clarets could get a huge win here.
Prediction: Sunderland 1-2 Burnley
West Brom vs. Tottenham
Tony Pulis has galvanised his West Brom side since the dismissal of Alan Irvine and lead them to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup last week, and they are creeping up the league table too. For Tottenham Hotspur they seem to play better away than when they are at White Hart Lane and I believe Christian Eriksen will be the difference again for Spurs.
Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Tottenham
Chelsea vs. Manchester City (17:30)Embed from Getty Images
Easily the standout fixture for this weekend and it could be the title decider. Man City can close the gap to two points with a win or Chelsea can go eight points clear at the top if they earn victory. City have the advantage having not played in midweek and will want to avenge their loss to Arsenal at home last time out in the league and need to get their title challenge back on track. Chelsea’s lack of squad rotation could go against them in this one and with Cesc Fabregas out and Diego Costa possibly suspended for the match, I can only see a draw.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Manchester City
Sunday, February 1st 2015
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (13:30)
Arsenal are on a roll at the moment, scoring goals and playing with real confidence, and Aston Villa are not. It’s as simple as that. With key players returning for the Gunners I think they will cruise against Paul Lambert’s men.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Swansea City (16:00)Embed from Getty Images
Southampton have been great to watch this season. Ronald Koeman has had them playing some lovely football and achieved some huge results and thats why they are third in the league. Swansea have also achieved great things this season but have lost their key man in Wilfried Bony, who departed for Manchester City. Garry Monk felt his side were unlucky at home against the Saints earlier in the season and would love to beat his former club. I see Southampton winning this one.
Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Swansea
How do you think Gameweek 23 will shape up in the Premier League?